close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

French economy minister says received death threats over reform

France`s economy minister said on Monday he had received death threats from "certain officials" furious over his plans to reform parts of the closed-shop economy.



Paris: France`s economy minister said on Monday he had received death threats from "certain officials" furious over his plans to reform parts of the closed-shop economy.

Emmanuel Macron told parliament he had taken legal action against "certain public officials" for "death threats that I have received."

"You will agree this is especially shocking," he added.

Macron is trying to push through a controversial series of laws that he hopes will, in his words, "unblock" France`s economy, which is suffering from high unemployment and sluggish growth.

These include opening up heavily regulated professions such as notarial lawyers, sparking the unusual sight of these white-collar workers marching through the streets.

The reforms also include a proposal to extend Sunday shopping that sparked angry demonstrations.

Currently, professions such as notaries charge a fixed rate for their services and Macron had suggested introducing a "fee corridor" -- allowing them to deviate higher or lower from the fixed fee.

However, he back-tracked on this proposal on Monday, saying: "I have the same lucidity when I have made a mistake as I have conviction to defend what I believe in."

"I will suggest going back on this because it`s an element of complexity," he added.

He accused the so-called "regulated professions" of "playing on fears" by claiming the reforms would lead to "tens of thousands of job losses."

"There has been too much emotion around this debate", he said, adding the reforms aimed to "modernise part of how the regulated professions work."

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

A wearable sticker that can prevent sexual assault

Neymar set to move to Paris Saint Germain

Council in Pakistan orders Revenge Rape of a 16-Year-Old

Photographing the world from a plane

Indian female cops are out in full force to protect women

Delhi's Mini Afghanistan: Far from war, these Afghanis have found their home in India